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The Native Lands Advocacy Project (NLAP) compiles, consolidates, and visualizes data resources to support sovereign, sustainable, Native-led land planning and protection. All of our data tools are hosted on the Native Land Information System (NLIS). You can read about the history of NLAP here. We believe the federal government has a moral and fiduciary obligation […]

Cropland Diversity on Native Lands

Please note that the Cropland Diversity Dashboard page is currently down on our website, but can still be accessed on Tableau here. We’re working on resolving this issue as quickly as we can. Contact us at if you have any questions.  Our new Cropland Diversity data dashboard is the first index of Cropland Diversity […]

Quantifying Disparities in Agricultural Revenue on Native Lands

According to our Lost Agriculture Revenue Database, non-Native farmers have made $749,517,889,778 in agricultural revenue (85.7% of total revenue) on Native reservations since 1840, while Native farmers have made $125,018,539,082 (14.3% of total revenue). What factors contribute to this shocking disparity in agricultural revenue? And what do these numbers really represent for Native communities?  A […]

International Day of Biological Diversity: Data Tools for Indigenous Stewardship

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day of Biological Diversity, or World Biodiversity Day. Today we celebrate the rich diversity of the earth’s lifesystems and recognize that biodiversity is “directly related to the resilience and ability of [a] system to sustain itself in the face of a changing environment” (Johnson […]

Announcing Our New Storymap: Building Up Native Youth in Agriculture

How well-represented are Native youth in the overall population of Native agriculture producers? What difficulties do Native youth face when entering agriculture, and what resources exist to support and empower them? The Native Lands Advocacy Project (NLAP) is happy to announce our new storymap exploring these questions: Building Up Native Youth in Agriculture! One of […]

Lakota Organic Growers Embrace Food Sovereignty in Times of Drought and Scarcity

This blog is the second of two posts analyzing the challenges Native communities face accessing clean, sustainable water. Click here if you’d like to read part one. In South Dakota, west of the Missouri River, Lakota farmers have taken steps toward food sovereignty while grappling with limited funds, contaminated wells, and droughts. On the Pine Ridge reservation, semi-arid […]

NLAP Will Be Presenting New ARMP & IRMP Data Portal at the 35th Annual Intertribal Agriculture Council Conference December 6-8

The Native Lands Advocacy Project (NLAP) will be attending the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s 35th Annual Conference next week, December 6th – 8th, at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. We will be presenting our new ARMP-IRMP Planning Portal, a tool designed to help tribes develop Agricultural and Integrated Resource Management Plans. These plans are powerful tools for […]